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Whole wheat bread.

Whole Wheat Bread

  • Author: Addison LaBonte
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Rising Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 2 hours, 25 minutes
  • Yield: 10 slices 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American


This homemade whole wheat bread is soft and fluffy!  It is simple and straightforward to make.  Only 6 ingredients are needed.  This homemade bread loaf is great for making into French toast, regular toast, or sandwiches!


  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt


  1. In a large bowl, add the warm water and honey.  Stir until dissolved.  Sprinkle the yeast in.  Let it sit for 5 minutes, or until foamy.
  2. Add the olive oil to the yeast mixture.  Stir together.
  3. In another mixing bowl, combine the whole wheat flour and salt.
  4. Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet mixture.  Stir with a wooden spoon or a dough whisk until a  dough forms.
  5. Transfer the bread dough to a lightly floured surface.  Knead for about 8-10 minutes, or until the dough becomes elastic.
  6. Shape the dough into a ball.  Then, place it in a greased bowl.  Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel.  Let the dough rise in a warm place for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until doubled in size.
  7. Once the dough has risen, punch it down to gently release the air.  Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface.  Shape it into a loaf.
  8. Place the shaped loaf into a greased loaf pan.  Then, cover it with a kitchen towel.  Let it rise for another 30-45 minutes, or until it rises above the edges of the pan.
  9. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius).
  10. Bake for about 35-40 minutes, or until it turns golden brown.  The loaf should sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.
  11. Remove the bread from the oven.  Allow it to cool in the pan for a few minutes.  Finally, transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.


  • Use warm water between 105 and 115 degrees Fahrenheit.  Do not use hot water.
  • I have found that 100% whole wheat flour works best for this bread.
  • Allow it to rise both times.  This gives the bread the perfect texture.
  • Do not bake too long.  The bread will have a beautiful dome shape and golden brown color.
  • Allow it to fully cool before slicing into.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days at room temperature.
  • Freeze for up to 2 months if needed.

Keywords: whole wheat bread, bread, baking, yeast bread